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President for Partial Admission of Spectators

President Steffen Schneekloth from the second division soccer team Holstein Kiel has spoken out in favor of a larger number of spectators in the soccer stadiums.

The club wants to accept the policy guidelines, he said in a statement distributed by the club. “As a club, however, we would have preferred a different scenario due to the developments and scientific findings of the current corona situation. Especially with a view to neighboring European leagues such as France, England or Denmark, which are now allowing 100 percent spectators in the stadiums again, it would be at least partial approval would have been desirable,” said Schneekloth, who is also deputy spokesman for the DFL executive committee and a member of the DFB board.

Studies have shown that “an increased incidence of infection does not come from the games in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2,” emphasized the president. With 3.8 million stadium visitors in the recent past, the respective health authorities would have requested 72 data records for the purpose of contact tracing based on 10 people who tested positive.

“Politicians also have a responsibility to preserve German professional and amateur sport, to which no spectators are allowed either. Other sports in particular and the amateur camp are urgently dependent on income from entrance fees,” said Schneekloth. He expressed understanding for Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke, who wants to “legally review the inferior position of sport compared to other areas of life”.

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